IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame

The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary achievements in recreational fishing around the world by anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers, or fishing industry leaders. The first class, honoring 29 of the sport's luminaries, was inducted in 1998. Each year, five new individuals are inducted in the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame through a rigorous committee process. Along with the biographical video produced by the IGFA, each Hall of Fame member is honored with a plaque in the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame at the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. Additional information, documents, and photographs of Hall of Fame members may be found in the E. K. Harry Library of Fishes located at IGFA Headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida.


Nominations should include letter(s) of recommendation outlining why the nominee should be considered and supporting articles or other materials that exemplify the nominee's achievements. Nominations and the supporting materials should be sent to:

IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Nominations
IGFA President Jason Schratwieser
300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004.

The primary criteria for induction into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame is that the individual has made a meaningful contribution to the sport of recreational angling over an extended period of time. The contribution can be made for example through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication, or administration of fishery resources.  The nominee must also demonstrate that he or she has espoused the angling ethical standards stated by the founders of the IGFA. 

Class of 2021

Class of 2019

Terri Andrews

2019 Inductee

George H. W. Bush

2019 Inductee

Bob Hayes

2019 Inductee

Julian Pepperell

2019 Inductee

Yasuhiko Tsunemi

2019 Inductee

IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Inductees